Monday Feb 25, 2019. 12:00
Egyptian football legend Hossam Hassan has been named as Smouha SC’s new coach, as confirmed by the president of the Alexandria-based club, Farag Amer.
The president of the ‘Blue Wave’ announced the appointment on Facebook this past weekend.
"Hossam Hassan is Smouha's new coach, while his twin Ibrahim is the new football director," Amer said in a statement on the social media site, without disclosing further details.
Hassan succeeds Smouha's third coach of the season, Adel Abdel-Rahman, who failed to impress after recording two draws and two defeats in his four matches in charge.
Just over a month ago, Hassan was axed from his post at the helm of Pyramids FC, following a 3-3 draw with Egyptian Premier League leaders Zamalek.
Pyramids were unbeaten since Hassan’s arrival at the club in October, but a large number of draws had seen them fall off the pace in the title battle.
Smouha will be the eighth club in the managerial career of Hassan, Egypt's all-time leading scorer, after Masry, Telecom Egypt, Zamalek, Ismaily, Maqassa, Ittihad of Alexandria and Pyramids.
Smouha are currently 12th in the Egyptian Premier League table with 25 points from 23 matches, 27 points behind leaders Zamalek, who still have two matches in hand.
Hassan’s first game in charge of the ‘Blue Wave’ will come on March 12 when they host Ismaily in a Premier League clash.